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Professional Development

About CIDD Professional Development

CIDD offers a variety of professional development both synchronously and asynchronous… below are the topics and descriptions.

All faculty at Mount St. Mary’s are required to complete two professional development courses, Accessibility and Compliance to help support development of or reinforcement of foundational principles of teaching and learning with technology, along with legal expectations of the classroom. Each course is offered in a synchronous format and is one hour in duration. Both courses are offered multiple times per semester.

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Required Training

Accessibility Training

In this one-hour training, faculty identify what it means to create an accessible learning environment. Legal aspects of accessibility and tools to help improve accessibility in the classroom are described.

Compliance Training

This one-hour training provides an orientation to the Canvas required elements. Topics include expectations for attendance, grading, and syllabi as well as student privacy, copyright, fair use, Creative Commons, and time on task.

Synchronous Training

The Center for Instructional Design and Delivery (CIDD) offers many synchronous professional learning opportunities throughout the year. These professional development courses focus on a range of university classroom topics from utilizing learning management system (LMS) tools to pedagogical best practices to support student learning.

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After The Flood - A Canvas Updates Catch-up

Canvas has made quite a few updates in the past two years while we've all been flooded with more pressing concerns. Join CIDD for a brief catch-up session of the changes and enhancements that have occurred and how they can benefit you and your students!

Topics covered will include:

  • Comment Library
  • New Quizzes
  • Submission Comments in Inbox

Registration is required.  Sessions will be in-person with option to attend remotely.

Discussions - A Forum For Every Format

Discussion forums can do more than you think. In this session, you will explore how you can use discussion forums in synchronous and asynchronous formats and in a variety of different instructional settings.

Registration is required.  Sessions will be in-person with option to attend remotely.

Asynchronous Training

The Center for Instructional Design and Delivery (CIDD) offers many asynchronous professional learning resources through instructional video. Often faculty prefer the affordances of self-paced video tutorials to engage with content and ideas on their own schedule and at their own pace. These asynchronous training videos range from technology how-to videos to more advanced discussions on pedagogical best practices to support student learning.

Access Resources

Canvas Course Setup Fundamentals

This video provides an overview of accessing help features in Canvas, navigating the Canvas interface, building out basic gradebook functionality, and creating an online submission with Turnitin’s plagiarism review.

Canvas-Led Trainings (Training Services Portal)

The Mount's Canvas training subscription gives all of our faculty access to their "Training Services Portal" via the Help Menu. There you can find self-paced courses, videos, or register for live trainings on every aspect of Canvas functionality. Please refer to our curated list of suggested topics on the Resource Page.

Nearpod

Nearpod is an interactive resource where faculty may upload lecture or discussion slides and insert interactive elements such as polls, quizzes, video, matching games, simulations, etc. to increase student engagement in live or self-paced classrooms. Resources available include self-paced, recorded training as well as step-by-step how-to guides.

Perusall

Persuall changes the nature of academic reading. Learn how to ensure students are engaging in course reading materials and how to create a dynamic learning experience through the Persuall Canvas Integration.

TidyUP

TidyUp is a resource, available within your Canvas course, to help clean up those old or unused pages, discussion forums, and files left over from course imports or modified instructional plans. From a TidyUp scan of your course, faculty can make decisions regarding deletion of unused files. View this self-paced screencast for more information and how-to instructions.

UDOIT

Understanding and evaluating accessibility in Canvas is an overwhelming task. UDOIT is a simple tool to help faculty review course content for accessibility issues. Learn how to identify and fix accessibility issues using the UDOIT tool in Canvas.

Course Design Consultations

The Center for Instructional Design and Delivery (CIDD) welcomes faculty to engage in continuous dialogue about their instructional and technological goals for their courses each semester. Usually these are free-flowing conversations lasting no more than an hour.

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Course Gradebook Building Consultations

The Provost has asked all faculty to use their Canvas Gradebook as a method of communicating grades and performance to students. The Center for Instructional Design and Delivery (CIDD) welcomes faculty to schedule a Gradebook Building consultation focused on "how-to" and best practices, at any point before or during the semester. Usually these are free-flowing conversations lasting around 30 minutes.

Schedule a Gradebook building consultation

Contact CIDD

The Center for Instructional Design and Delivery is available by phone at 301-447-5084 or by email at cidd@msmary.edu.